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Industry Insights: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Design

From re-designing genes to voting systems, discover how designers are working across other disciplines in a talk especially for university students.

What to expect

Explore how designers are working beyond the traditional boundaries of design as a discipline. Whether re-designing genes, voting systems or home technologies, today’s designers need to be able to adapt to new subject areas and work in environments beyond the studio. What does it mean to be a designer today, and what are the skills needed to design in these contexts?

Over the course of the session, there will be interactive talks from a range of practitioners across design and other sectors. They will share insights and recent projects, with practical tools and techniques for designing across disciplinary boundaries. Participants will also have an opportunity to visit the Design Museum’s current exhibition, Home Futures, during the day.

Industry Insights is a talks series for university students which encourages knowledge sharing and networking. This event is delivered in partnership with Jaguar Land Rover.

Photography by Gert Jan van Rooij: TC Rhythm Of Life

Image courtesy of Fatberg: Fatberg Close Up


Amy Frascella: Colour and Materials Chief Designer, Land Rover

Amy Frascella, Chief Designer leads the Land Rover Colour & Materials Design team reporting directly to Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Chief Design Officer. This team works on programmes that span from concept to production as well as special vehicle projects and bespoke and personalisation projects.

Natsai Audrey Chieza: Founder and Director, Faber Futures

Natsai Audrey Chieza is a designer, change-maker, and TED speaker working at the intersection of creative and biotechnology industries. She is Founder and Director of Faber Futures, a London-based biodesign lab that is catalysing the alignment of DNA-scale engineering with the methods and principles of critical design thinking for the circular economy.

Cat Drew: Project Director, UsCreates

Cat Drew is Project Director at UsCreates. A hybrid policymaker and designer, Cat Drew previously spent 12 years in government, working in strategic posts in the Home Office, Cabinet office and No.10, as well as a stint in a Think Tank.

Mike Thompson: Co-founder, Thought Collider

Mike Thompson is a designer, researcher, and educator, drawn to the dark corners of bio-technological research. Co-founder of experimental, art / design research collective Thought Collider, he is also known as one-half of the design duo building the worlds first floating island of fat – the Fatberg – in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Booking information

Students: £5
Tutors: £10
Ticket includes entry to ‘Home Futures’ exhibition.

Related exhibition

Home Futures

Explore today’s home through the prism of yesterday’s imagination. Are we living in the way that pioneering architects and designers throughout the 20th century predicted, or has our idea of home proved resistant to real change?

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Industry Insight Talks

Suitable for students studying a range of creative subjects at BA or MA level, Industry Insights events offer the chance to network with peers from across the country, and across discipline and subject areas to explore issues and implications for their practices.